Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Street

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


Education at Columbia Center for the Arts

Sharon Laughlin

Rene Eisenbart

Confluence Project: Celilo Falls

Columbia Center for the Arts recently had the honor of working with Pacific Northwest Native American artist, Lillian Pitt, on a series of Confluence Project workshops for children. Click on the arrow below to view a digital story of what children involved in the project learned.

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Click here to learn more about the Confluence Project

Click here to learn more about Lillian Pitt

After School Art Blog

Click here to see a blog of four week after school art program.

About Our Education & Outreach Programs

Columbia Center for the Arts offers art education, outreach and art classes for both seasoned artists and beginning art students in all disciplines from literary arts, theater, visual arts and more.

We offer art appreciation opportunities for the general public, as well as partnering opportunities with local schools.  We have a classroom set up as an art studio, and is available for rent by art teachers and others who want to teach their own classes.

Art classes at Columbia Art Gallery

Education is a cornerstone of our mission as a center. We hope you join us in an art class or other art education opportunity in the near future.

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Career Opportunity

Marketing Manager

In support of the mission and the goals of the Columbia Center for the Arts, the Marketing Manager works in conjunction with the Executive Director, CCA Staff, the committees and various other stakeholders to create and implement a comprehensive, integrated marketing strategy that reflects the mission and values of the company and achieves institutional audience development goals.

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April 12,13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Acting Workshop with
Sharon Laughlin

Improve Your Acting Skills with accomplished actress Sharon Laughlin. This is a rare opportunity for adults to improve their acting skills through gesture and voice ... the only tools an actor has to communicate with the audience.
Learn More: Sharon Laughlin

June 25th

Watercolor Self Portrait Workshop with Rene Eisenbart

This one day event covers the basics for painting a portrait, using you as the subject. It’s easy to take risks when working with your own image — after all, you only have yourself to please! So you can experiment to your heart's content.
Learn More: Rene Eisenbart

Every Thursday 9am-12pm

Oil Painting with Cathleen Rehfeld

This oil painting class is designed for novices and experts alike. Cathleen's techniques are meant to meet every artist wherever you are in your painting journey.

Learn More: Cathleen Rehfeld

Every 2nd and 4th Friday, 9am-12pm

Life and Portrait Drawing

You’re invited to attend our Drawer’s Club in the Studio. Paint or draw from a live model. All skill levels are welcome. We’ll provide the model, easels and tables; you bring your art supplies and enjoy honing your skills.

Learn More: Life & Portrait Drawing Club

For more information
or to register for classes:

Call Emily Vawter at Columbia Center for the Arts, 541-387-8877, ext 114, or email